Thousands to participate in 13th annual Country Music Marathon

Thousands to participate in 13th annual Country Music Marathon (Image 1)

More than 30,000 runners are expected to participate in this year's St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.

Each year more than 50% of participants travel to Nashville from out of state, giving the local economy a $40 million-plus boost.

Centennial Park on West End Avenue will once again be the start of the full and half marathon.  Runners in both will cross the finish line at LP Field.

Runners looking to participate in the race can still do so by registering at the marathon's Health and Fitness Expo.

The expo, held at the Nashville Convention Center in downtown, continues through 7 p.m. Friday and will feature more than 100 exhibitors with the latest in sports apparel, health and nutritional information and more.  It is free and open to the public.

The fee to sign up is $150.

Marathon Road Closures

To accommodate the marathon, roads will be closed throughout Music City on Saturday.

West End Avenue, from 31st Avenue to 21st Avenue, will close at 3 a.m. Saturday and reopen at 9 a.m.

West End, from 21st Avenue to 16th Avenue will close at 6 a.m. and reopen at 9 a.m.

Broadway, from 16th Avenue to 2nd Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9:15 am.

Demonbreun Street from Fourth Avenue through the Music Row Roundabout will also be closed from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The marathon will also impact interstate traffic.  The following off-ramps will be closed in both directions beginning at 6:15 a.m.

  • I-40 to Broadway, will reopen at 9:15 a.m.
  • I-40 to Demonbreun Street, will reopen at 9:30 a.m.
  • I-65 to Rosa Parks Boulevard, will reopen at 1:30 p.m.

Click here for a complete list of road closures.

Visit CMMarathon.com for complete marathon details.

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